Who is Remar?

Remar is a Christian charity (Registered 1010448) and offers assistance for free to disadvantaged people and individuals suffering from drug or alcoholic addiction. This often includes working with ex offenders and people living on the street.

Remar is responding to the need to provide dedicated and appropriate service provision for socially excluded people and addicts.

Aims

  • Remar takes people off the street
  • It assists them through coming off drugs or other addictions
  • It gives them practical help and an environment where they can recover and gain their dignity and self esteem
  • It guides them back to independency
  • Remar's work has made an impact in reducing drug related crime and social dysfunction in the UK

Remar is an abbreviation of a Spanish phrase which means "Rehabilitation of people on the margin of society". Remar also is the verb to row. Remar therefore can be seen as a team of oarsmen all in the same boat rowing out against all the cruel currents of the world.

Our commitment is to provide an integral and practical support to combat the effects of growing poverty and addiction amongst the vulnerable sector of socially excluded people in the UK.

Background

The REMAR Association UK began its work in Nottingham in 1992 and at present has community centres located in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Nottingham and Liverpool. Over the last fourteen years it has effectively assisted hundreds of socially excluded people in breaking away from lives of addiction and delinquency and has won the support of many private companies in financial backing and in kind donations. Some individuals who have completed our programs have decided to stay on and become voluntary members of our team helping and encouraging others with similar problems.

Whilst other people who have been assisted by us, are now living and working in society. Teams go out every week to bring practical help (food and drink) to those lonely and distressed homeless people who live on the street. These individuals are offered the possibility to leave their ruined lives and recover their dignity in our centres all over England. Many of these individuals are leaving behind lives of drugs, alcohol abuse, crime and prostitution. But who better to reach out and help them than our people in our REMAR team who themselves have lived these desperate situations and have rehabilitated on our programs.

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At the moment we have numerous people in our community centres in the UK and numbers rising. The majority of these have taken refuge in centres to come off hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine, many come straight off living on the streets, others are ex offenders, unemployed and all come with the desire to change and make a fresh start in their lives.

Remar is involved in prison visits to youth in Scotland and offers advice and encouragement for detoxification. These teams visit youth in prison on a weekly basis. Over the last year we have received applications from youths in prisons all over Britain who want to enter our centres.

Definition

The REMAR Association UK began its work in Nottingham in 1992 and at present has community centres located in Glasgow, Sheffield, Manchester, London, Nottingham and Liverpool. Over the last fourteen years it has effectively assisted hundreds of socially excluded people in breaking away from lives of addiction and delinquency and has won the support of many private companies in financial backing and in kind donations. Some individuals who have completed our programs have decided to stay on and become voluntary members of our team helping and encouraging others with similar problems.

Social exclusion relates to the alienation or disenfranchisement of certain people within a society. It is often connected to a person's social class, educational status and living standards and how these might affect their access to various opportunities. It also applies to some degree to the disabled, to racial minorities, women and to the elderly. Anyone who deviates in any perceived way from the norm of a population can become subject to coarse or subtle forms of social exclusion.

"Social exclusion is about the inability of our society to keep all groups and individuals within reach of what we expect as a society...[or] to realise their full potential."

Social exclusion in the UK; To be "excluded from society" can take various relative senses, but social exclusion is usually defined as more than a simple economic phenomenon: it also has consequences on the social, symbolic field.

DID YOU KNOW? That 94% of all young people try alcohol before they are age 16. And that 15% of this age group are alcohol dependant. HOME OFFICE 2003.

DID YOU KNOW? Around 4 million people use illicit drugs each year. DRUGSCOPE REPORT 2006.That approximately 3 million (just over half) of all 16-24 year olds have used illicit drugs. 40% overall reported using illegal drugs in the last year. HOME OFFICE 2003. One third are homeless or require housing support. SEP 2005.

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